8 Days Uganda Primate Safari

Uganda is home to several primate species which draw people to visit. The main primates on many people’s list for visiting are the two great apes – Mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees. This trip will bring you face to face with these great apes in the middle of the rain forests i.e. Kibale forest and Bwindi impenetrable forest. In addition you have an opportunity to visit Queen Elizabeth national park for great scenery and wildlife both on a boat safari and during a game drive.

Safari highlights

  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Nature walk in Bigodi Swamp
  • Game drives
  • Boat cruise
  • Crater Lakes
  • Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha
  • Gorilla tracking
  • Photo session at the Equator


Day 1: Welcome to the Pearl of Africa

On arrival at Entebbe international Airport, a representative of Kagera Safaris will be eagerly waiting to receive you and transfer you to your hotel for a restful night before you embark on your journey tomorrow.

Journey time – 20 minutes

  • Upmarket – Hotel No 5
  • Mid-range – The Boma
  • Budget – African Roots Guesthouse

Day 2: Transfer to the home of Chimpanzees – Kibale National Park

tea-kibale-forestAfter breakfast, we leave for Kibale forest – the primate capital of the world. The trip takes you through the countryside arriving in the beautiful Fort portal town for lunch at Gardens restaurant or any other place recommended by your tour guide.

After lunch you will proceed to your lodge for check in and over night.

Journey time – 5 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner


  • Up market – Papaya Lake Lodge
  • Mid-range – Turaco TreeTop
  • Budget – Chimpanzee Guesthouse

Day 3: Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest

chimpanzee-budongo-forestAfter an early breakfast, you will be transferred for briefing at Kanyanchu tourism center before you start your chimp trek in the forest. Your experienced ranger guide will lead you as you hike through the tropical forest for an unforgettable and rewarding experience in search of man’s closest relatives the Chimpanzees.

After lunch, you will take a Swamp walk in Bigodi community – proceeds from this help in community development. This walk through the wetland will bring you close to nature. You might have sightings of red tailed monkeys, Mangabeys, several bird species and butterflies. This walk continues on to visit different homes where you will have a coffee experience, banana brewing, basketry and learning about different traditions medicines.

PS: You have an option of a chimpanzee habituation experience. This activity allows you to spend more time in the forest learning more about the life of chimps, their habitat, food etc.

B, L & D

Day 4: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an exhilarating experience with the chimps in their natural habitat, we journey to watch wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park passing through Crater lakes region (depending on road condition) and enjoying views of the Rwenzori mountain ranges. You will arrive in time for lunch at your lodge.

Journey time – 2 hours

Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner


  • Up market – Kyambura Gorge Lodge
  • Mid-range – Twin Lakes Safari Lodge
  • Budget – Elephant Hab

Day 5: Game drives and Boat Safari

After an early breakfast we leave for a game drive with focus on the predators before they go back into hiding. The car is customized for game viewing, enjoy the exotic and rare species which include Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, and Uganda Kobs etc.

In the afternoon take boat safari on Kazinga Channel, this water channel connects Lake Edward to Lake George. It’s banks often have a variety of animals and beautiful species of birds. This boat takes about 2.5 hours on the water.  

B, L & D

Day 6: Transfer to the home of Mountain gorillas

Today  we leave for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the home to half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site hosting numerous tree species, bird life, primates, mammals, insects etc. You will drive through Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park and on a lucky day you might climbing lions by the roadside as you continue your journey to Bwindi.

PS: If you are tracking in Rushaga/Nkuringo you will take a different route not through Ishasha.

Journey time – 3 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner


  • Up market – Bwindi Lodge
  • Mid-range – Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge
  • Budget – Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge (standard rooms)

Day 7: Gorillas trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park

Gorillas are amazing creatures with so much energy but gentle. Your driver guide will transfer you to the briefing area after an early breakfast. You will carry packed lunch because you are not sure how long the trek will take. After briefing you will be allocated a gorilla family to trek and a ranger guide for the trek.

After briefing, the ranger guide will lead you on an expedition in the forest. The gorilla trek can take anything from a few minutes to several hours depending on where they nested the previous night. Once you locate the gorillas with help of your guide and trackers, you are allowed to stay with them for only one hour after which you start the trek back to the starting area.

B, L & D

Day 8: End of your Uganda Primates Safari

Today morning, you will start the journey to Entebbe/Kampala with a stopover at the Equator monument. This marks the end of your Uganda primates Safari.

L & D

Gorilla trekking tips

  • Pace yourself and drink plenty of water.
  • Eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden – designated time and place will be communicated.
  • Bwindi being a tropical forest, it can rain anytime so we encourage you to carry a rain poncho
  • Waterproof walking shoes or hiking boots are essential.
  • Gardening gloves for protection against stinging plants
  • Long trousers and long sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the forest to avoid insect stings.
  • Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  • Porters are available to help you carry your day pack for a small charge.

Tour includes

  • Gorilla trekking permit
  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Park entrance fees
  • Boat ride
  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water in the safari vehicle
  • Full board accommodation for two nights
  • Service of an English-speaking driver guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Tips to porters and driver/ guide
  • Insurance

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